A “GATE-LOCKING PROCESS ERROR” KEEPS VISITORS OUT OF PENARTH HEAD PARK

The gates of Penarth Head Park remained locked and barred on Sunday. The Vale Council has now apologised

The gates of Penarth Head Park remained locked and barred on Sunday. The Vale Council has now apologised (Photo Future of Penarth)

The Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council has had to ap0logise to members of the public for keeping Penarth Head Open Space – the site of the controversial Penarth Head Viewing Platform – locked-up at the weekend.

Penarth resident Anne Greagsby is a Plaid Cymru candidate for the St Augustines in the Vale Council elections next May

Penarth resident Anne Greagsby is a Plaid Cymru candidate for the St Augustines Ward in the Vale Council elections next May

Plaid Cymru council candidate Anne Greagsby posted tweets yesterday pointing out that the gates remained locked in the middle of the day – and that several visitors, local residents and dog-walkers had not been able to enter the park.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now apologised and attributed the failure to open the park to the public yesterday to what it calls a “Gate Locking Process Error” 

The locked gates unfortunately coincided with the publication of social media publicity from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s PR department which promoted the re-opening of the controversial Penarth Head Viewing Platform.

The Viewing Platform – derided as a council “vanity project” and for resembling a WW2 Wehrmacht bunker – had been closed for urgent safety checks following the appearance of serious cracks in the walls of the 20-month-old structure.

The steel safety barriers have now been taken down from the entrance to the Penarth Head Viewing Platform and it's open again to the public. The flowers left nearby are commemorate people who have lost their lives at the clifftop site.

The steel safety barriers have now been taken down from the entrance to the Penarth Head Viewing Platform and it’s open again to the public. The bouquets of flowers left nearby  commemorate people who have lost their lives at the clifftop site.

The Council said surveys had now confirmed that the Penarth Head Viewing Platform “is safe for the public to enjoy”.

However a substantial area of the little park –  which was fenced off for the survey work –   remains out-of-bounds to the public and further safety checks are to be carried out.

 

 

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12 Responses to A “GATE-LOCKING PROCESS ERROR” KEEPS VISITORS OUT OF PENARTH HEAD PARK

  1. Frank Bird says:

    “Gate Locking Process Error” that just about says it all.

  2. Michael says:

    I would put money on that thing taking the cliff down. There is one crack in particular ringing alarm bells with me.

  3. AK says:

    Gate locking process error ?

    You mean ‘someone forgot’

  4. Barry says:

    Nice vie………..wwwww …..whooooah!

  5. A Gate Locking Error is gobbledegook in an effort not to speak plain English ! what is wrong with just saying the gate was left locked in error. Do these petty officials none entities and deluded individuals have to talk gibberish every time they open their mouths or write on a form??? What is it with plain English that they are afraid of . We are not Americans who torture the English language to make it appear they are saying something when in essence they are saying nothing of worth , I think the word is obfuscation in short bury the topic in a smoke screen and avoid direct mention of it.

  6. Michael the thing will take the cliff face down , it is just a waiting game , the Council are only re opening it to save face, because now they know they cannot safely remove this ‘dead weight’ from its position . They cannot use heavy machinery ..WHICH WILL ADD EVEN MORE WEIGHT… they cannot use pneumatic drills .. TOO MUCH VIBRATION TO AN ALREADY CRACKED STRUCTURE ……..the same with hammers and such TOO MUCH VIBRATION ETC . No one knows when but you can put money on this falling and taking the cliff face with it.

  7. Paul says:

    A “GATE-LOCKING PROCESS ERROR” KEEPS VISITORS OUT OF PENARTH HEAD PARK. Oh really, o’reilly……

  8. The following is a possible scenario engaged in by a petty Council official…………..Gerald (the Council employee) to his Wife one night in the bedroom , “have you secured the forward and rear portals by employing the portal enablers darling “? his Wife Edna …”eh? oh! have I locked the doors ? yes Gerald……………..A week later Edna calls Gerald from her mobile whilst she is out, “Gerald is that you darling” ? he replies “yes” she continues ..”Just a quick call to say I’m in a materialistic, attirement , and adornment dispensers at this point in time ” Gerald replies “oh you mean the frock shop? she replies “yes”.

  9. In view of the forthcoming elections I’m sure that our representatives will be taking more care over things like this.

  10. whatsoccurin says:

    Occasionally there are similar problems with Alexandra park gates and the explanation that I have had is that overtime is paid to the relevant staff but sometimes no one thinks it is worth disrupting their week-end for. Obviously on this occasion Principal Assistant (management speak) was involved and realised that they had to respond to this “curved ball” and could not just “kick it into the long grass (do nothing)

  11. Frank Bird says:

    Seriously, you couldnt make this stuff up!

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